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Club de Madrid

The Club de Madrid is the world ́s largest, independent group of democratic, political leaders, committed to addressing the challenges of democratic transition and consolidation there where they can make a difference. The principal added value of the Club de Madrid is a unique membership of more than 100, democratically elected, former Presidents and Prime Ministers, from over 60 countries, willing and able to share their diverse expertise, experience and networks in support of democratic values and leadership worldwide. As former Presidents and Prime Ministers, no longer in public office, Club de Madrid Members are not politically constrained and thus freer to share their experience and offer strategic advice.Drawing on the Members’ experience, convening power and access, the Club de Madrid works in two key areas:

> Addressing global challenges from a democratic perspective;

> Supporting democratic transition and consolidation processes.

Our approach is practical and results-oriented, based on direct and concrete exchanges between our Members and current leaders. In this space, we work with governments, inter-governmental and civil society organizations, as well as with academia and the business sector, building bridges and fostering dialogue essential to social and political transformation.

www.clubmadrid.org

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The Bertelsmann Stiftung

The Bertelsmann Stiftung, founded by Reinhard Mohn in 1977, is a nonprofit private operating foundation based in Gütersloh, Germany. Independent and politically nonpartisan, the foundation seeks to promote social change in its work. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is committed to the values of freedom, solidarity and humanity, and believes in the benefits of competition. With more than 350 employees and an annual budget of 70 million euro, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is one of Germany’s largest private operating foundations.

The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) is an international comparative survey of governance in 129 developing and transformation countries conducted by nearly 300 experts from top academic institutions worldwide and local reporters. Identifying strengths and weaknesses for each country in political decision makers’ steering capability, the BTI highlights a broad range of examples of effective governance.

www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de

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International IDEA

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization with a mission to support sustainable democracy worldwide.

The objectives of the Institute are to support stronger democratic institutions and processes, and more sustainable, effective and legitimate democracy.

International IDEA is the only global intergovernmental organization with the sole mandate of supporting democracy; IDEA’s vision is to be the primary global actor in sharing comparative knowledge and experience in support of democracy.

www.idea.int

Swedish Postcode Foundation

The Postcode Foundation‘s mission is to promote sustainable development for mankind and nature by offering financial support to organisations and short-term projects working for a better world. Projects receiving financial support must fit into the foundation’s two main areas: nature, environment, and people’s living conditions. In the nature and environment sector, the emphasis is on nature conservation, climate and sustainable energy sources. In the area of people’s living conditions, the focus is on poverty reduction, promotion of human rights and peace building.

Support to both local and global projects

The Postcode Foundation support both local and global projects where several organisations could be involved simultaneously. By having short lead times and a non-bureaucratic structure, the Foundation can also support projects were quick decisions and flexible solutions are required.

http://www.postkodstiftelsen.se/Home.htm

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World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a non-governmental global research organization which seeks to create equity and prosperity through sustainable natural resource management.

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. WRI’s work is organized around six critical goals that the world must achieve this decade in order to secure a sustainable future:

1. Climate: Protect communities and natural ecosystems from damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and generate opportunities for people by catalyzing a global transition to a low-carbon economy.

2. Energy: Drive the scale-up of clean, affordable power systems throughout the world to deliver sustainable socio-economic development.

3. Food: Ensure the world’s food systems reduce their impact on the environment, drive economic opportunity, and sustainably feed 9.6 billion people by 2050.

4. Forests: Alleviate poverty, enhance food security, conserve biodiversity, and mitigate climate change by reducing forest loss and restoring productivity to degraded, deforested lands.

5. Water: Achieve a water-secure future by mapping, measuring, and mitigating global water risks.

6. Cities and Transport: Improve quality of life in cities by developing and scaling environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable urban and transport solutions.

http://www.wri.org/

Partnership for Change

Partnership for Change (PfC) is a Norwegian based non-religious and politically independent NGO with a global perspective, established in 2012.

PfC endeavors to create a more equitable, secure and sustainable society through empowering citizens for social, financial and environmental sustainability. An effective, professional and result driven organization shaped to respond to the global challenges of the 21st century. The staff holds extensive experience in development work, NGOs and the private sector.  We work closely with partners both locally and globally.

PfC focuses on women and youth, providing education for employment, job creation, and entrepreneurship. Our basic values include respect for human rights, adherence to UN directives, transparency, cooperation with partners, as well as extensive knowledge sharing.

http://www.pfchange.org/

Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/

The Carnegie Middle East Center

The Carnegie Middle East Center is an independent policy research institute based in Beirut, Lebanon, and part of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The center provides in-depth analysis of the political, socioeconomic, and security issues facing the Middle East and North Africa. It draws its scholarship from a pool of top regional experts, working in collaboration with Carnegie’s other research centers in Beijing, Brussels, Moscow, and Washington.

The center aims to impact policymakers and major stakeholders by offering fresh insight and ideas that cultivate a deeper understanding of the region and by developing new approaches to the challenges of countries in transition.

Website (English page): http://carnegie-mec.org/?lang=en

Website (Arabic page): www.carnegie-mec.org

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FRIDE

FRIDE is a European think tank for global action, which provides innovative thinking and rigorous analysis of key debates in international relations. Central to FRIDE’s work is Europe’s role in the changing global environment. Our mission is to inform policy and practice in order to ensure that the European Union (EU) plays a more effective role in supporting multilateralism, democratic values, security and sustainable development.

FRIDE benefits from political independence and the diversity of views and intellectual background of its international team. Based in Madrid and Brussels, FRIDE seeks to enhance the southern European perspective within EU debates and the European perspective within Spain.

http://fride.org/homepage_english

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Institute for Security Studies

The Institute for Security Studies is an African organisation which aims to enhance human security on the continent. It does independent and authoritative research, provides expert policy analysis and advice, and delivers practical training and technical assistance.

The ISS head office is in Pretoria, South Africa. Regional offices are located in Nairobi, Kenya; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Dakar, Senegal.

The vision of the ISS is a peaceful and prosperous Africa for all its people. The mission and overall goal of the ISS is to advance human security in Africa through evidence-based policy advice, technical support and capacity building.

http://www.issafrica.org

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Observer Research Foundation (ORF)

ORF is known among policy makers, both in India and abroad, as a place pulsating with fresh promises and ideas. Ideas are what shape public policy think tanks. Ideas are an expression of unfettered curiosity and an urge to explore ways and means to find solutions to vexed issues that affect us. At ORF, ideas are reflected in the projects and programmes that are undertaken by various institutes and programmes. Young researchers are encouraged to take up challenges of organizing and leading projects which, in the years to come, would be symbols of pride for the Foundation.

The Foundation’s activities can be neatly divided into two categories: Projects and Events. Both are an intrinsic part of the Foundation?s objective in shaping, influencing public opinion and creating viable, alternative policy options in areas as divergent as employment generation in backward districts and real-time strategies to counter Nuclear, Biological and Chemical threats.

http://orfonline.org

Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD)

IPD’s mandate is to make peace and democracy function in practice. Our focus in on supporting and equipping those who work for stakeholder groups engaged in the implementation of peace and democracy. Our mandate is delivered through the following framework:

1. Developing and managing programs

2. Sharing experiences and lessons learned on democracy and peace

3. Building knowledge and developing skills on democracy and peace

4. Designing and consolidating democracy and peace institutions

5. Making democracy deliver: leadership, initiatives and networking

6. Building institutions: institutional development and support systems

7. Networking, publications and developing initiatives

http://www.ipd.or.id/

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FLACSO

FLACSO was established in 1957, Santiago de Chile, following recommendations of the 1st Regional Conference on University Teaching of Social Sciences carried out in1956, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and UNESCO Resolution, 1956, New Delhi (India). 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries are part of FLACSO system with academic activities throught programs, projects and headquarters in 13 countries of the region.

Our objetive is training specialists in social sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean through postgraduate programs and specialization courses, FLACSO is a well-recognized think tank that researchs the main problems of Latin America and the Caribean countries related to education, development, governance, public policies, migration, environment; and economy.  Besides production of high quality scientific knowledge in those fields FLACSO, disseminate the researching results among government and civil society as an alternative to promote development and democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean countries.

http://www.flacso.org/